Archives for February 6th, 2001

DRIVING DOWN VEHICLE CRIME

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 February, 2001

Vehicle crime was reduced by 7 per cent last year and the Home Office has revealed one of the tactics used by police to achieve this reduction. Almost three quarters of police forces in the UK parked ‘decoy’ vehicles at crime hotspots as bait for offenders. Intruders were then trapped using fuel cut-off switches or locking windows and doors or caught by tracking devices, the marking of car parts or surveillance.In one area the use of decoy vehicles over a three year period has reduced theft by 44 per cent and the theft of Ford Transit vans by 60 per cent.

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COUNCILS OFFER MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENTS

Headlines, PublicNet: 6 February, 2001

Six local councils have been selected as the first to pilot new public service agreements – a package of financial incentives and easing of red tape in exchange for promises to meet new performance targets.The councils will have to deliver measurable improvements in services over the next three years.

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